If you look in your back yard, you may see a pool that has reached the end of its life. Many above-ground pools have a lifespan of 20 years, and after that can become problematic. Pool removal may be the only option to save a pool that has been neglected or is failing.
If you realize that your pool is ready to get removed, continue reading to find out how simple it is to demolish a pool.
The first step in demolishing an above ground pool is to pump it out! Typically, the easiest way to do this is to rent a trash pump from a rental company.
We recommend renting a 3″ trash pump, as smaller pumps take exponentially longer to pump out a pool. Typically, this rental cost is $50 for the day. It is important to note where you are draining the pool water to, as pools hold thousands of gallons of water and can easily flood a street or neighbor’s yard!
Remember that when operating a trash pump that you must prime the pump with water in order to get it pumping. Once it starts pumping, stand back and let the water flow!
Now that the pool is empty, the next step is to begin cutting the old pool up. The best tool to use is a reciprocating saw, or “Sawzall”.
Purchase a pack of good-quality high tooth count metal cutting blades and safety glasses to make sure you have the right tools for the job. Cut the pool into 6 or 7 sections. This way they are small and light enough to load into a truck when finished.
Once the pool is cut up, the next step is to remove the liner. Pool liners can get very heavy, and cannot be taken out with household trash. Typically, you will need to rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal company to haul the liner and other debris away.
Once the pool has been drained and cut up, the next part is the most important – cleaning up! The metal from the pool frame & sides can be taken to a scrap yard and you can expect to receive roughly $50 in scrap value for the metal.
As stated previously, the liner will need to be hauled to a landfill yourself, or placed in a dumpster or hauled away by a junk removal service.
Once the area is clear, there may be a low spot in area where the pool sat. Typically, 5-10 tons of topsoil will fill in the area so you can plant grass over it.
Hire the Professionals
Does this sound like a lot of work for you? For a homeowner to complete this project, it will take a full day of work for 2 people, and incur approximately $250-500 in expenses depending on certain factors.
Hiring a company such as A+ Enterprises Demolition Service may be a better option, as most of our above ground pool demolition & removal projects are under $1,000 and we do all the work and removing the items for you! We serve the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and all of Northeast PA.
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Pool Removal FAQs
What does pool removal cost?
The average cost to pump out & demolish an above-ground pool is roughly $900. That price includes all labor, demolition, cleanup, and disposal fees.
Is there scrap value in an old pool?
The average pool is worth between $50 and $100 in scrap value depending on the weight.
How do I drain the water out of a pool?
You can drain the water out of a pool by renting a 3 inch trash pump and pumping the pool out. Do not pump out in-ground pools more than halfway, as damage may occur.
What do you fill in pools with?
Depending on the customer’s needs and budget, we fill in pools with either raw fill dirt or structural fill (modified crusher run). The price varies depending on the type of material used.